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    March 16, 2011
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prevent a total meltdown. but authorities aborted the mission after radiation spiked to dangerous levels. and as radiation surged, 50 workers remaining at the complex retreated to a safe room. once levels fell, authorities sent 180 people back into the plant. experts say the workers are putting their lives on the line to head off a potential nuclear catastrophe. >> well, i think the workers at this site are involved in a heroic endeavor. because there is at least fragmentary evidence that in some places on this site, there are life threatening doses of radiation. >> japan's emperor addressed his nation today. an extraordinary event reserved for times of war or dire national crises. he says he's touched by the japanese people's calm and order in the face of disaster. well, foreigners scrambled
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to leave tokyo today. france is urging its citizens to get out now or at least head to southern japan. japan has lost control of fukushima. evacuees say they don't trust the japanese government to be forthcoming. >> i don't believe what i've been told. you know, people are evacuating. all foreigners are evacuating, large multi-national companies, foreign companies are evacuating. you don't really know what to believe. it's better to play it safe. harrowing new video of the moments the tsunami struck. people scream as they try to outrun the water. this is said to be ground zero for the tsunami. a coastal town home to 17,000 people. most are feared dead.
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a cnn i-reporter sent us this video at the moment the 9.0 earthquake struck. shot it at a tokyo department store. remember, tokyo is 230 miles from the epicenter of the quake. well, in the persian gulf country of bahrain today, security forces drove anti-government forces from a central plaza in manama. two protesters along with two police officers were killed. doctors at bahrain's main hospital say security forces
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stormed the hospital targeting medical staff. more on japan. the u.s. military is providing equipment to help crews battling this nuclear crisis. that is in addition to conducting relief and rescue missions. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence has more on what the troops are doing and what steps the military's taking to protect them. >> we just learned that the u.s. military has given the japanese two water trucks in order to help cool down that malfunctioning reactor at the fukushima power plant. the japanese workers were trained on how to use those trucks at a u.s. military base near tokyo, and then those workers have taken the truck out to the power plant. in addition, the u.s. military has now delivered more than 25 tons of food, water, blankets, two survivors in the effected zone. they've also been running regular search and rescue missions right along the coastal areas. could the u.s. military decline a mission it felt was too
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dangerous for its troops? of course. but as you look at the map, they've already started to take some precautions. the uss ronald reagan carrier has now been moving further north away from that downwind plume of radiation. in addition, as we look at the second map, you can see that several ships that were supposed to go to the pacific side have been rerouted to the sea of japan on the western side of japan to try to get away from that radiation. in addition, the helicopter crews that have been running regular missions into that affected zone have been told to keep their sleeves down, their windows closed in the helicopters, and some of them have been given the potassium iodide pills. several have come back contaminated with radiation, but they were soaped down with soap and water. and when they were retested, they were found to be all clean.
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in addition, there are personnel, u.s. military, civilians, and their families living on bases there in japan. as a precaution, they have been told to stay indoors as much as possible and to shut their external ventilation systems, again, simply as a precaution. chris lawrence cnn, washington. well, here's your chance to talk back about what the u.s. military's doing in japan. our carol costello joins us with a question for you. obviously chris says there's a lot going on over there and there's serious risk to our troops. >> and it's pretty scary, frankly. president obama, though, has said this more than once. the united states will continue to offer japan any assistance we can. and we are. a half dozen navy ships off the coast of japan, thousands of troops in relief efforts. this is no routine mission, one of unimaginable risk.
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the navy's moved three ships away from the radioactive cloud. and while u.s. troops are not on the ground trying to cool the reactor, navy helicopters continue search and rescue missions around there. we were told we are ready to deal with anything we come into contact with. and that could be radiation. indeed, two helicopter troops have been exposed to elevated levels, low levels, of radiation. and so far the treatment is soap and water and potassium iodide pills. also told me the marines have spent more protection to the area, but could not elaborate. will they continue to provide whatever assistance japan needs and should they? talk back question today, are we asking too much of u.s. troops in japan? facebook.com/carolcnn, and i'll read your answers later in the hour. >> i'm curious about what people
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think. you have the citizens of japan suffering so greatly and then our u.s. military who are there, didn't sign up for that job. >> well, they are on this humanitarian mission. they think it is their duty. but for their family and friends and loved ones back here in the united states, this is a scary time. >> it's a scary time. thank you, carol. >> sure. here's a look at what's ahead on "the rundown." a small army. japanese workers are risking their lives to prevent a nuclear catastrophe. then, the kpi dus. and gas prices right here in the united states fall for the second day in a row. [ male announcer ] opportunity
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i decided to come back to see where his house used to be. his wife and son were safe. but the house was destroyed. this was the house where he lived for over 30 years. not one photograph was saved. >> that is tough to watch. it is a scene that is playing
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out hundreds of thousands of times in japan. people who survived the earthquake and the tsunami, but they lost their homes, all of their belongings. as many as 450,000 people now are said to be homeless. well, on top of the natural disaster, japan is coping with a nuclear crisis, radiation levels spiked again today at the fukushima nuclear plant. and earlier, another fire spotted at one of the reactors. stan grant is following the developments there. he's joining us from tokyo. and stan, what is the latest on the condition of the plant? can we start there? >> reporter: yeah. we will start there. big problems at two reactors today. we can talk about reactor three where there was a large cloud of smoke leading to speculation that there could be more problems surrounding the area, this casing that actually protects the core of the reactor. so that's causing a lot of concern. in reactor number four, a fire
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there, and that's raising speculation about a pool of water that may be overheating and evaporating and exposing spent fuel rods. and that may put more radiation into the air. and that's been the big headline here today, suzanne. the radiation levels continue to go up and then they come down. at one point they had to evacuate the workers there, having them come back in a little later. an attempt to bring helicopters in had to be aborted when they found the radiation levels. then it was traces of cesium and iodide in the water. very, very low, very low, the official said you could drink that tap water. but how do you convince people to have so much fear? there's a gap between people's fear at the moment and what they're being told by officials, suzanne. >> sure, and stan, do we know -- is there a mass exodus out of tokyo now? how are people dealing with a
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lot of the questions and the misinformation and that fear you talk about? >> reporter: yeah, really tra. can i really trust what i'm being told here? what about my children? what about our health? what about the long-term risk? and they are leaving the country. the japanese, of course, are having to stay here. it is their home, they're having to live through this crisis. and they're having to rely very much on the information they're getting. the prime minister has formed a joint task force to bring all the various elements together and streamline the process and the emperor today absolutely unprecedented for him to make a public statement through the media today actually appearing on television in a video address saying that he cares deeply for his people saying he wants his people to pull together. and he said with that hope they can really build this country. those words resinating very, very strongly with the japanese to give them hope at this time
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and absolutely unprecedented move from the emperor. suzanne. >> stan, thank you very much. a difficult time for them. we certainly hope they remain optimistic during this time. thank you, stan. well 180 unnamed japanese workers are on the last line of defense against a nuclear meltdown. if you can believe that, the level of radiation exposure they are encountering is terrible to think about. they may well be sacrificing their futures their lives to protect their country. these workers, heroes. but what weapons are they using to fight this disaster? i'm joined by jim walsh, a cnn contributor. and jim, if you think about it, it's just a small group. guys on the ground trying to fend off the worst disaster here. describe what kind of challenge, what kind of task they are facing now. just to keep that plant cool and to keep a nuclear catastrophe from happening. >> well, it really is -- for me it's heartbreaking, and even
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emotional. it's a small group of people, they have to wear suits, they're working in suits, so they're overheated, and they don't have the touch and feel of their hands and having to work at night when there's no electricity. and so they have to use flash flights and trying to battle fires. one -- at one time they have to be firefighters battling a fire, reactor number one, and then go over to reactor number three, two, or one, and try to pump sea water to keep the reactor cool. and all the other sort of things that have to be done. taking measurements at the plant, trying to assess what's happening. trying to come up with plans to reduce the danger, you know, and do this hour after hour and day after day. the mental stress must be terrific and the physical stress must be terrific. >> and jim, what do you think the odds are that they will succeed here? when you take a look at everything they have been facing over the last 24 to 48 hours now? >> well, you know, i'm a hard-wired optimist, suzanne,
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and i think we can get through this. it's hard to say that every day when you wake up and there's something else that has happened. but i think the goal here is sort of limit it to where we are at right now. where are we right now? three damaged reactors. the best we can hope for is to hold the situation where it is. we keep that sea water in there until after a couple of days, they cool down some more and then, you know, it's like putting a lid on it. at that point you entomb them and shut them down and deal with that over a number of year. freezing the status quo, and with four, five, and six, same thing. those reactor rods are not going to cool down very quickly because they were recently removed. this was nuclear waste recently removed from those reactors. this is going to have to be an ongoing challenge. and it's about fixing the pumping system, water system, doing whatever you have to do to keep water circulating and keep those fuel rods, the spent fuel
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rods covered in water and managing that heat. and, you know, if you can get the reactor situation stabilized, then that might free up some, you know, attention and resources to focus on the other problem. the challenge here is you're dealing with all of these problems all at the same time. >> sure. and according to the iaea, these guys who are down there encountering these levels of radiation that is about equivalent to getting 2,000 chest x-rays per hour, obviously it will be naive to think these guys are not going to walk away with serious, serious health damages and issues. why -- what do you think is going to be that damaging? and why these men? shouldn't the international community be involved here? >> well, i think the reason why these men is that they volunteered and no one else is doing it. you know, the utility executives are sitting back in their buildings. and these guys are left to do it. and they're doing it because, you know, it might be part of the japanese character. it's also out of bravery and
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commitment. remember, they live there, this is their community, their country, and they're really acting like heroes we would talk about in any other setting. they are also the people who know most about the plant. but there are other people who understand this plant. this isn't the only plant of its kind in the world. there are other plants in the united states like this. i think there is outside assistance brought to bear. i think what happened is the government deferred to the utility and others have deferred to the government. iaea doesn't want to ruffle feathers. japan is a member state and the way things work, you let the member state ask for help before you do anything. we all need to be a little more proactive here. and i think in the agency's interest. the worse this gets, the worse it is for nuclear power. and that's one of the main goals for nuclear power. it is in their interest to be more proactive ass f it is for
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governments. so i think we've crossed the threshold of sitting and watching. it's time to be more proactive. >> we're going to talk you later in the show about that angle. we want to also talk to the former operator of three u.s. power plants about the last line of defense during a disaster. that's coming up in the next hour on cnn newsroom. gas prices heading down finally after rising for 20 days straight. a live report from the new york stock exchange. like instant discounts,ies free-nights... ...and free breakfast at hotels in virtually every city. so, thanks to this large man in a little jetpack... you can search thousands of hotel freebies... right now only at priceline. isn't some optional pursuit. a privilege for the ultra-wealthy. it's a necessity. find investments with e-trade's top 5 lists. quickly. easily. use pre-defined screeners and insightful trading ideas
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cnnmoney.com's lead story now. it is the number of permits issued in february for future housing construction. it actually fell to an all-time low, that's according to a government report released on wednesday saying housing is still a big mess. taking a look at the end markets, as well. the dow jones down by 117 points. and it was just down 126 and 123 or so. looking at those numbers fall within the last 15 to 20 minutes. but we do have a bit of good news for your wallets. gas prices are down for the second day in a row. after 20 days -- straight days of increases. our business news correspondent alison kosik is joining us from the new york stock exchange. we needed this break. little rest for gas prices. what is this being attributed to?
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>> well, you know what, suzanne? if you want to know why gas prices are where they are, you want to look at oil prices because oil makes up 70% of the price of gas. so with that in mind, you want to go ahead and look at over the past couple of months where oil prices have been. if you look at this, look at oil prices, they were up sharply at the end of february because of the unrest in the middle east, talking about egypt, libya. sure, we saw gas prices spike for the past 20 days. now at the end, at the right-side of the chart, there's a small dropoff, shows that oil prices have dropped in the past couple of days because of all of the devastation in japan. it's the reason why we're seeing gas prices down over the past two days. suzanne? >> alison explain to us about the markets. we saw some good numbers. within the last 30 minutes or so, we've seen a pretty big drop here. >> yeah, you're talking about the dow, suddenly it dropped 194 points.
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it shows how on edge investors are about what's happening in japan. and here's what happened. we got reports that the eu energy chief said that japan's nuclear plant there is "out of control" so, of course, investors ran for the exits. they started selling. you know, it's day after day we're getting negative headlines out of japan and wall street is reacting. especially since what's happening in japan is open-ended. no one knows how it's going to play out. and the market is really on edge about it and reacting instantaneously. right now dow 132 points lower. >> thank you, alison. checking other top stories. it is now up to the senate to decide if the federal government is going to get the money it needs to keep operating. the house passed a measure to extend the budget for three more weeks. well, the extension buys some time for lawmakers to work out a deal for the rest of the fiscal year. 30 days into the unrest in
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libya. an opposition leader says moammar gadhafi is bombing his way into another rebel-held city. the u.n. security council is today considering whether or not a no-fly zone will be placed over libya. and secretary of state hillary clinton is in neighboring egypt. toured the site of the huge anti-government protests. clinton is promising egypt $90 million to help out the economy. and in pakistan, cia contractor raymond davis has been released from jail. a government official says that davis was forgiven by the families of two men he killed in january. the statement came just hours after he was charged with murder. and protests in bahrain are turning now more violent. demonstrators today reported hearing steady rounds of ammunition firing. at least five helicopters
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whirled above where anti-government protests have been held in recent weeks. the government insists no live ammunition was used and the only fatalities were police officers run over by the protesters. we report on a dire situation at the main hospital where a doctor, two people died, when security forces stormed the building. >> reporter: we spoke to medics, doctors, they told us at least three of them that they are locked inside the hospital. that they are trying to get out, they want to help the injured, but there are security forces surrounding the hospital, surrounding the entrance, not allowing injured people in, and doctors out. the government here has denied that stridently, put out statements saying those are baseless. witnesses telling us something quite different. and we're also gettini( picture that purport to be inside the hospital and hearing more medics have been beaten up. >> bahrain has a majority shiite
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here's a look at what's ahead on the rundown. how trustworthy is the information from japan's government about the nuclear crisis? also, an american teacher in
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japan survives the earthquake and finally makes contact with her family. and homeless but not hopeless. survivors in a shelter helping each other out. and finally, japanese workers risking their lives to prevent a nuclear catastrophe. well, people are filing into tokyo's airports trying to leave the city. even though the nuclear crisis is some 200 miles to the north. our cnn kyung lau reports from the middle of this exodus. >> reporter: no seats anywhere at tokyo's departure area. across town at the airport, thousands waiting to leave the country. this is what an unprecedented mass exodus out of one of the world's most populated cities looks like driven by concerns about the nuclear emergency in fukushima nearly 200 miles away. the ones able to leave tokyo
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quickly, ex-patriots. >> are you really worried? you think there's something that's going to happen. >> two days ago i felt there was no risk, now i think it's stupid to stay when you can leave. >> reporter: this is an orderly mass departure. remaining calm, a mark of japanese civility even in the face of crisis. and this is a crisis noted in an unprecedented site. japan's emperor comforting his country in a nationally televised address. a nation's quiet anxiety evident all over the city. empty grocery store shelves as residents stockpile rations for a possible emergency and empty streets in downtown tokyo. normally there are people lining up all down those stairs for that popular restaurant in this business district. over here, you would normally see people also lining up to get food to carry out. you can see there's no one here. this is highly unusual for the middle of the day on a
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wednesday. walk around over here, and this is one of the only atms in the area. there's normally people lining up all down this street. but you can see, there's no line today. it's scary says this owner of a noodle shop, and lonely. no customers for restaurants to serve, but he's not leaving. i have my entire life here, he says. i can't just pull up and leave. >> i think it's, yeah, overwhelming. >> reporter: tokyo resident says tokyo is home and he's not ready to leave with his two sons yet. emphasis on yet. >> at this moment in time, i don't worry. but i don't know. maybe in a few days or so. i don't know. >> that uncertainty keeping a country on edge and on the move away from the brewing threat to the north.
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cnn, tokyo. well, the president's energy secretary is weighing in now on the nuclear crisis in japan. he is demanding more information on the possible threat to the united states. >> the events unfolding in the japan incidents actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. and as they're unfolding very rapidly on an hour-by-hour, day-by-day basis and there are conflicting reports. so we don't really know in detail what's happening. this is one of the reasons why the department of energy, the nrc are there with boots on the ground with detectors in the ground. not only to help assist japanese power company and japanese government, but also for our own sake to know what is really happening directly through our own instrument. >> so in a situation as tenuous as the japan nuclear crisis, should we be trusting the company in charge or even the
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japanese government to be completely forthright about what is actually taking place, the danger on the ground and the danger to the rest of us? i'm joined by jim walsh from m.i.t. and i have to say that at first it was somewhat of a relief to hear secretary chu say there are some americans, boots on the ground, some experts trying to sort this out. but we know the notion of honor very much held high in japan saving face. do you believe that the japanese government is being straightforward with us? >> well, i think there are a couple of different things going on here, suzanne. first of all, i think we have to cut them a little bit of a break here. because they may not know themselves what is going on here. and these events are changing every day. and we're dealing with new events that we've never dealt with before. so we're trying to figure things out, solve problems, solve mysteries. where did this gas come from? did this rupture cause this sort of damage? so the problem is hard, number one. but when one has to add to this there's a history here and the
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history is not a good one. both the utility and the government in the past have had problems where they've misreported, underreported, falsified data about incidents in the past. so it's hard to come to this particular situation with a lot of confidence. the other sort of thing here, i think you want to distinguish between sins of omission and out right lying. i don't know if anyone's lying and we won't know until months and years down the road. certainly the case there's the sins of omission. people are not saying everything they do know, and of course they don't have to say everything. >> what do you think they're om om omitting? >> well, they tell us radiation has increased and decreased. that doesn't tell you a lot. you'd want to know what the chemical character, the isotopic character. where there other chemicals
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being found in air sampling and water sampling? >> tell us why that matters. why you know the chemistry? >> because it might give you clues as to what's happening inside the reactor. it might tell you something about the integrity of the containment vessel. whether it's just damage or whether, in fact, it has ruptured. and it would tell you something about what's going on over at the spent fuel ponds, the places they're keeping nuclear waste. and about how people should be protecting themselves going forward. so you want to know what you're dealing with. you want to know the nature of the threat you face. and part of that is the level of radiation. but equally important is the kind of radiation and the substances involved. i want want to know that. i would want to know what was causing the fires of the reactor. was this a coincidence it happened twice? was the fuel pond itself at risk? how close was the fire? you know, and when they talk about damage to the -- potential damage to the reactor cores at
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reactors two and three, what does damage mean? crack, stress -- there's a whole lot of things we don't know about. and often we find out about them much further down the line than we should've. >> jim walsh, thanks, a lot of unanswered questions that we need to probe the japanese government, the energy company, and those on the ground to find out exactly what is going on. thank you for your expertise. on this programming note, george takei joins ali velshi today in the newsroom 1:30 eastern. discussing the crisis facing his ancestral homeland. people are still searching for thousands of missing loved ones. >> reporter: after twists and turns, we're finally there. rachel takes a moment to update the list she keeps on her front door. friends who have made it. >> cnn's soledad o'brien joins
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more than 11,000 people are
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missing in japan. often the search ends in grief. but our soledad o'brien reports that one ended with a reunion. >> reporter: a walk through the narrow streets was stunning. the debris piled high, cars crushed and overturned, boats resting on sidewalks. it's a testament to the power of this tsunami, which roared through the city of 70,000 people just minutes after the earthquake shook the residents too their core. but this morning, the ferry to and from the tiny island was running again, and dozens of people lined up hoping to get to their loved ones. some who had been stranded for days. onboard, paul, he turned 21 on thursday, and by friday, a survivor of japan's worst earthquake ever. >> it was all these -- it was like this. and cars were smashed here and there, there was broken glass everywhere. >> reporter: his classroom was
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on high ground so he'd been safe. now he was back in the town where he lives to witness the devastation firsthand. starting with a visit to his apartment, a five-minute walk. >> how worried are you that your apartment's like that? >> i don't -- from looking at this, i don't think it's going to be -- i think it'll be fine, really. >> reporter: but we're stopped by a street full of mud, debris, and water, we can't get through. >> what do you think? >> i'm wondering if we can go around. >> you could try. >> reporter: at every turn, the road is impassable. >> your parents must be frantically thinking about you. >> yeah. >> reporter: we find away across glass and splinters and beams. but again, we can't get through. he's so close, but so far, and the closer we get, the more anxious paul gets. suddenly out of the blue -- >> hey. how are you? how are you?
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have you seen david at all? >> they're fine. >> reporter: it's his friend rachel shook. also a teacher, she's his neighbor too. the three of us set off to find a way into the apartment walking passed the oddities the stunning power a tsunami brings, like a boat perched on top of a car. after twists and turns, we're finally there. rachel takes a moment to update the list she keeps on her front door, friends who have made it. then paul tries his keys, and he's in. inside he tries to salvage medicine and food, but mostly it's a lost cause. back outside, paul borrows my satellite phone to call his parents. >> hi, mom, hi, dad, it's paul. i'm alive and safe right now. >> reporter: he gets voice mail and leaves a message. but during our interview, he discovers why his parents aren't
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answering the phone. >> he's been in contact with an american family, peter and mary. they have been desperately looking for their son. >> reporter: paul's mom mary and his father peter already scheduled for an interview on "ac 360" to discuss their missing son are thrilled. >> yeah, i can hear you, dad. hi. >> how are you? we really miss you. >> i'm fine, dad. i'm alive, i'm okay. >> you sound wonderful. >> i am. i am. >> and you've still got my hat there. >> yes, i still do. i'll get that back to you as soon as i can. >> reporter: soledad o'brien, cnn, japan. millions of americans are looking for work. we're going to tell you some professions that actually do not have enough applicants. ees.
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career builder has a list of jobs where over the last six months there weren't enough applicants. they looked at more than 45 million jobs, 40 million resumes and 140 million worker profiles to identify the greatest undersupply of job candidates. nurse practitioners. career builders says with the over 30 million newly insured americans as a result of health care reform plus an increase in retail health clinics and on top of the more than 7 million baby boomers turning 65 and joining medicare, they estimate that's one every eight seconds. this is a job in demand. the average salary is about $72,000, but you'll need a masters degree and different state requirements. another major field is i.t. security. the number one consumer complaint for the 11th year in a row according to the federal trade commission says it must be protected. the average salary is around $92,000, but the job usually requires a specific skill set such as programming, data base
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expertise. another tech job looking for candidates, data base administrator, and social media manager. also help wanted for environmental engineers. with many companies and governments going green, lots of employers looking for folks with experience in recycling and pollution control. many are backed by federal, state, and private funding, so there's money to be made and the average salary around $75,000. finally, sales engineers are also needed. this position, which usually requires that bachelors degree making sure the sale goes as smoothly as possible. and sales engineers usually make around $77,000. so that really shows you there is money to be made out there. the looting that often comes in the wake of a disaster seems noticeably absent in japan. >> there are many people who have lost their houses and they're in the same road. and they're cheering each other
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friday's earthquake and tsunami in japan left several hundred thousand people homeless. they have nothing left. but as this report from japanese broadcaster nhk found, they have hope in each other. >> reporter: this is in me yiya prefecture where many are sheltered. the women living in the shelters are cooking here. they say that helping each other is encouraging them to get by. this woman says that there are many people who have lost their houses and they're in the same beat and, therefore, they are cheering each other up and encurrenting each other as they live day by day. the people at shelter says that
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they are looking for what they can do so that they can go through and get through the troublesome days. this man says if people help each other, there will be a bright future ahead. he says that that is the hope that people here share. your chance to talk back one of the big stories of the day. thousands of u.s. troops involved in relief efforts in japan. a half dozen navy ships are on the japanese coast. and they could all be at risk of expose sure to radiation from the damaged nuclear plant. carol costello is joining us with responses and talkback. how do people feel about that? >> they have differing feelings. the question today, are we asking too much of u.s. troops in japan? jennifer, in asking trops inin enter war where there's a possibility they will see death
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at least fragmentary evidence in some places on this site there are life-threatening doses of radiation. >> reporter: initially, 50 workers stayed after more than 700 employees were evacuated. the government says the team's increased to 180. the power company has not released details on the workers but a japanese newspaper reports a 59-year-old man is among them, they volunteered for the job. he was only six months away from retiring. his wife telling him, please do your best to give relief to the people. for the residents who have been evacuated from the immediate area, or those who live hundreds of kilometers away, the actions have evoked a great sense of pride. i couldn't do it myself, explained this man. i think it's a wonderful thing they're doing, because they're saving lives. i believe in the power of the
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workers, said this man. i just hope they can do their work safely. people here in tokyo and across japan know too well the sacrifice these people are making. as the world waits to see if the situation can be contains many believe not enough is being done to assist these workers. >> people have to continue to try to be there to manage this with the hope of getting one, two, three to a point of stability. but they can't do it by themselves. that's why he's saying the government has to step in and iaea, they're supposed to be protecting all of us here and they're nowhere to be seen. >> reporter: the government is considering seeking help from the u.s. military. in the meantime it's up to workers left inside this plant to save a nation from a catastrophe. anna coren, cnn, tokyo. in just a minute, we're going to talk with a former operator of three u.s. power plans about the last line of defense during a disaster.
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that's in the next hour of "cnn newsroom." now the latest headlines on japan's nuclear crisis. two of japan's crippled nuclear reactors may be leaking a steady stream of radioactive material today. authorities say the steel and concrete shells supposed to contain nuclear debris probably ruptured. workers have to evacuate. some trying to escape the radiation leaks are finding there's no place to go. shelters are filled up. authorities are now turning people away. as the nuclear crisis escalates, residents say the government needs a plan to protect people who live near the nuclear complex. on the u.s. west coast today, a rush on potassium iodine. it prevents the thyroid from
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absorbing radiation. americans are overreacting because there's no indication dangerous radioactive material is reaching the west coast. the u.s. military is giving potassium iodine to helicopter crews plying over japan as a precaution. foreigners scramble to leave tokyo today, france is urging citizens to get out now or go to southern japan. russia will evacuate diplomatic workers and families and evacuees don't trust the japanese government to be forth coming. >> i don't believe what i've been told. you know, people are evacuating, all foreigners are evacuating. large, multinational companies, foreign companies are evacuating. you don't know what to believe. it's just bettor play it safe. >> japan's emperor addressed his nation today. such a television appearance is really extraordinary event. it's reserved for times of war or dire national crises. but the emperor is touched by
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the japanese's people calm and order in the face of this disasterer. harrowing, new video of the moment the tsunami struck. people scream as they try to outrun the water. this is said to be ground zero for the tsunami, a coastal town home to 17,000 people, most feared dead. cnn i-report sent us this individual yovideo of the momen
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earthquake struck. he shot it at a tokyo department store. listen. unbelievable when you see that because you may recall, tokyo is 230 miles away from the epicenter of the quake. new violence rocks bahrain. security forces pushed anti-government protesters out of the central plaza today. reports say that two protesters and two police officers were killed. doctors say security forces also storing the main hospital targeting medical workers. bahrain is a tiny island country located off the coast of saudi arabia. anti-government protests have been going on for a month now. egypt today, secretary of state hillary clinton strolled through tahrir square. she pledged the united states
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would help egypt transition to democracy. our cnn's wolf blitzer is traveling with secretary clinton and his interview with her will be on later today here on cnn. more now on japan's nuclear crisis. at the fukushima plant, a small army of workers, faces the monumental job of trying to keep the crisis of becoming a catastrophe. in the process, they are putting their own lives at risk from dangerous levels of radiation. michael free lander a former senior operator at three u.s. nuclear power plans and joins us via skype from hong kong. you have a lot of species when it it comes to being on the ground in the nuclear power plants for more than a decade or so. tell us what are those guys going through right now? >> it's a pleasure to be with you this evening. and i don't think that there's anybody in the world who can imagine exactly what those guys are dealing with and the level
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of adversity that they're overcoming minute by minute and hour by hour over the course of the tragedy. >> describe for us, what do you think is happening in the minds and hearts of those men battling those blazes, who must be hot, must be hungry, and must be worried for their safety being exposed to all of that radiation. >> well, i'm sure, you know, the first thing that's in the front of all of their minds is, were their families able to get out of the way of the tsunami and are they okay? and so while they're battling the casualty at the power plant, some certain they're worried about their families. certainly, as they're going about doing their business, you know, they're certainly focused on their priorities, which are keeping reactors shut down, maintaining cooling and pretech texting health and safety of the public. they are in a power plant without power for five days,
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certainly areas have lethal radiation. it's dark, probably cold in there by now, five days after the shutdown, as we're aware of the environmental conditions in northern japan this time of year are quite cold in the evenings. probably wearing full-face respirators or equipment trying communicate in the dark, moving around with flashlights and as you said using emergency rations which probably constitute the typical packages of the military-style made ready-to-eat packages. it's a difficult situation. we sat aat some point will beco aware of the adversities they've been able to overcome. >> the japanese government has raised acceptable level of radiation to being exposed to five times the maximum exposure permitted in american nuclear power plants, those nuclear plants. do you think they're feeling the effects now?
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>> i'm sure they have the experts in the health physic there's assisting them and who are monitoring their circumstance. really, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate on their health conditions. nuclear workers know what they're getting into before they go to work there. they monitor their dosage very closely over the course of their career in the nuclear power industry. and with the professionals that are there who are helping them out on a day-to-day, minute-to-minute basis, i'm sure that they're being properly monitored. >> michael, finally if you had a chance to talk to their family members to tell them, because obviously you would understand what those family members are going through, the worry and fear for those at ground zero, what would you tell them? >> my heart and empathy goes out to you. your loved ones are true heroes for the entire world and i'm sure that they will be coming
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home to you as quickly as possible. >> michael frielander, you know what it's like. we appreciate it. thank you. here's your chance to talk back about what the u.s. military's doing in japan. there are navy ships that are off the japanese coast, thousands of military personnel who are helping with this rescue and recovery effort. carol costello is joining us with the question about whether or not we really feel that they should be there, what kands of sacrifice they are making. >> what point does the united states military pull them out, or does it? it's difficult questions. president obama has said this more than once, the united states will continue to offer japan any assistance we can, we certainly are. half a dozen navy ships off the coast of japan, thousands of u.s. troops involved in relief efforts. this noise routine mission. it's one of unimaginable risk. the navy's moves through ships away from the nuclear plant's
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radioactive cloud. while u.s. troops are not on the ground trying to cool the leaking reactor, navy helicopters continue search and rescue missions around there. marine second lieutenant croft told me, we are ready and prepared to deal with anything we may come into contact with,that could be radiation. two u.s. helicopter crews have already been exposed to elevated, albeit, low levels of radiation. actually we just got word from the pentagon, it's now giving helicopter pilots potassium iodide pills before they get to japan, as a precautionary measure. talk back today. are we asking too much of u.s. troops in japan? send your comments to facebook.com/carolcnn. and i'll read some of your comments later on this hour. >> thank you, carol. what's ahead on the rundown. brian todd goes block to block with a search and rescue team in one devastated japanese town. u.s. debt may limit the u.s.
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government's ability to respond if a natural disaster hits the united states. a i-report who left fukushima because of radiation risk makes plans now to leave japan altogether. i'll speak to him about his heroing experience. an american photographer caught in the tsunami gives his firsthand account of this disaster. >> we spent the whole day trying to get out of the tsunami area. we took shelter up on a hill and everything between that hill and several miles to anything that even resembles civilization at this point was destroyed. [ female announcer ] there's a new way to let go
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>> reporter: frantic searching continues for survivors of japan's earthquake and tsunami. 91 countries offered to send supplies, equipment or manpower. cnn's brian todd is traveling with international rescue teams in the devastated city of ofunato. >> fairfax, virginia? >> reporter: the cavalry he's been waiting for. >> i'd like to express our thanks to you. >> reporter: the relieved player greets u.s. and british rescue
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teams as they start their first full day of operations. but his city's condition could lie beyond their reach. the tsunami came through ofunato's inlet with such force a tugboat was thrown several blocks, cars scattered for miles. what do you do first? >> first thing is we find a place to search. we have a map grid set up by the local emergency managers in the area, and they give us an area to search, split it up. we take coordinates, we go through buildings, searching building by building, standing up or laying down the. >> reporter: teams fan out through mountains of rubble and teetering buildings, using every tool they brought. one of the rescue officials told that is there was a paper posted on the side of this beige house here saying there was someone alive inside. now the teams are checking it out. they're about to bring the dogs to see if they can detect anything. the dogs don't detect the scent of anyone alive.
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>> if you hear me, knock three times. >> reporter: listening devices, audio signals yield nothing. resident whose did escape the tsunami are in shock. we initially thought she lost her husband in this disaster but when we approached her, what happened to your husband? >> translator: her husband already died and she had a bone in a box and put it into high places in the room. when the tsunami came she doesn't reach the bone and she run away first. >> reporter: she's looking for her husband's remains. for those who did lose loved ones in the tragedy, the final casualty count may never been known. realistically, what do you think your chances are this time, this event of finding people alive here? >> with the way we're operating now, an opportunity for us to find live victims but, as time goes on, those opportunities doo diminish.
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>> reporter: in many places rescuers rely on local citizens flagging them down to get a loved one out of a building or a pile of rubble. one team member told us that here in ofunato whole families might have gone missing and there pligmight not be anyone missing. >> freezing weather is only making the situation for the disaster. cnn meteorologist chad myers has got the latest. >> they're in for temperatures in the morning in the 20s, in the afternoon 30s, literally. we see the satellite and i'm just -- i can see this like right over buffalo, the very last picture, you see streamers. they're like lake effect streamers. it's an ocean, or the sea of japan. it's the very cold air coming over china and north korea and into japan. my father, a veteran of the korean war will tell you how cold it can get in korea, and that air's coming across japans
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and tokyo, 34. our crews are having trouble with the amount of snow coming down in their pictures sometimes. and this is what the crews are going through now. all of a sudden, these men and women are moving around, they have coats on. but think about those survivors that are under the rubble without any coats on because they didn't peexpect to be stuc under this. a serious situation as it gets colder and colder. >> what about the wind? the wind conditions favorable or was happening? >> well, winds are still out of the west and that is good. a west wind will take any radiation coming out of the plant and move it into the ocean. and everybody on the other side of the ocean saying, wait a minute, what if something really bad happens here? where does that radiation go? that's a very difficult forecast because of the way -- there is japan -- the way the wind comes out of here. wind will be coming out swirling around, maybe on up towards russia. that's the low levels and then take you to the upper levels. this is an amazing, new graphic
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that i found. that right there is the north pole. here is the west coast of america. over here is japan. so although you think, it's blowing right there, blowing right to america, yes, but before it gets here, it wiggles north and south. a dispersement forecast, a plume dispersement forecast is very difficult, i know the u.s. government is sharpening their pencils. >> thank you. despite the overwhelming human tragedy in japan, the power of the human spirit remains. there have been many touching acts of selflessness. one restaurant owner lost his home and as nhk tells us, he's giving away free meals to survivors. >> translator: officially not reaching those in need some are helping each other. hot noodles distributed as the temperature dropped. ramon noodle shop that escaped damage offered free noodles. this person says it's good. another says it's hot.
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this person is grateful. the shop operator, he said his home in the city was swept away by his home in the tsunami so he's staying at the evacuation center. he just wants people to be happy. >> well, he may have lost his home but certainly not his generosity. with u.s. debt at $14 trillion, can we afford to respond to a natural disaster on u.s. soil? some say no.oset and a completely updated master bath. there's a totally renovated chef's kitchen, with updated stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a butler's pantry. it's got a screened-in back porch, plenty of storage and a large backyard. it's the perfect home. in excellent condition, and ready to move in. anytime, anywhere. our agents help guide you to the smartest decisions. coldwell banker, we never stop moving.
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it is now 12:00 in the afternoon on the 15th, and i'm on my way back home. still the same situation as this morning, lots of -- i believe these cars are waiting for grocery store or most like are a gas station. let's see where this takes us. yeah, there's a gas station right here, right up ahead. >> i-report gabrielle rodriguez in japan tells us he's heard reports of gas stations being out of gas, as well as reports of food rationing for children and the elderly. a quick check of the markets now. taking a look at the dow jones. it is down by 167 points now. obviously the japanese disaster has impacted the markets and has
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some thinking about whether the u.s. is going to have the emergency funds it needs if catastrophic were to happen here. after all, we are deep in debt, we all know that. cnnmoney.com jean shah shadi jo us. the u.s. has little or no budget to deal with un expeexpected catastrophic debts. what happens if the next disaster strikes at home, can the u.s. afford it? >> here what happens david walker meant. our emergency fund is the u.s. bond market. we are already deep in debt as it is and growth trajectory is considers unsustainable. u.s. will do whatever it takes to help with disaster relief should we be hit wit a catastrophe that japan is seeing today. however, the problem is, it's
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going to add to our debt burden in a way that might push us closer to a fiscal crisis. that's the crisis deficit hawks say occur when interest rates go up. the more debt you have on the books the higher the rates go, the more you're in trouble in terms of having to pay what you owe. it's not that we won't provide the disaster relief. we will. bond markets likely will lend to us. rates are very low but you hope if a disaster happens rates remain low during that time. >> jean, a natural disaster could happen any time. is there a quick fix or a long-term solution to this. >> on a practical level, obviously, you know, putting safety precautions in place in areas like nuclear plants and doing earthquake prevention and so on can minimize the cost of damage, should a catastrophe occur. but more broadly, deficit hawks, and lawmakers on the left and right, are saying that this is the year that people need to put in place a long-term debt reduction plan. measures don't have to go into
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effect right away but they might reassure the markets the u.s. is going to take control of its debt, and that can keep interest rates low. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. it's time to head cross-country for stories that cnn affiliates are covering. st. louis, take a look at this video. a couple of things going on here. look closely. the driver of the white car appears not to notice the stopped police cruiser, slams into it, at the same time an officer jumps over the median to get out of the way. amazingly, no one was injured. the driver got a ticket. in nashville, protesters demonstrating for workers rights face-off with state troopers at the state assembly. seven people charges with disorderly conduct. madison, georgia a big sister becomes a bigger hero. last month 9-year-old shielded her sister just as a truck hit
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them both. nia's neck was broken. she lost a kidney and a leg but she saved her sister's life. amazing story. many residents and visitors are trying to now to get out of tokyo. narita international airport is crowded, long lines of people trying to leave, some worried about radiation. we'll talk with two i-reports. r allergy medications. omnaris. omnaris. to the nose! did you know nasal symptoms like congestion can be caused by allergic inflammation? omnaris relieves your symptoms by fighting inflammation. side effects may include headache, nosebleed and sore throat. [ inhales deeply ] i nipped my allergy symptoms in the bud. omnaris. ask your doctor. battling nasal allergy symptoms? omnaris combats the cause. get omnaris for only $11 at omnaris.com.
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crisis are causing many to leave japan. we'll talk with two guests about their plans. also, the latest on evacuations near the nuclear plant. plus, our talk back question on the radiation risk for u.s. troops in japan. are we asking too much of them. an american quake survivor documents the disaster. >> reporter: this is narita airport terminal one. it's morning. and it's very busy. very organized, but very crowded. >> cnn i-reports, they have been in the middle of the unfolding story in japan. they've been bringing us compelling pictures, firsthand accounts of what's happening as it actually happens. joining us in fukushima, ryan mcdonald, as well we have dan in
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nagano. ryan we've been keeping up with you. you're making a plan to leave, evacuation plan. have have you decided now is the time to go? >> well, we have not had a plan as of yet and we have just been in limbo. we weren't clear on what to do next. and in my friend -- my close friend dan, who is also on the show, he made a plan to go down south and hong kong, i believe. we got to thinking, if anything else goes wrong, what are we going to do? we should make a plan. our plan is exactly the same as his. we're going to niigata, go town do osaka and move on interest there. >> what is the most difficult thing you're facing now? how are you traveling? are you in a group? are you doing okay? >> we've been set up in one apartment, two of my -- two of our friends have hosted us and
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we're so gracious for that because our life is relatively easy compared to dan's. he was in an evacuation center for a while. we're not traveling much. we're going out only to get food. but as previous guests have said, there are long lines to get food, long lines to get gas. so we really don't want to leave because it will be a huge hassle. we'll do it if necessary, but it's a huge hassle, as previous guests have said. >> to leave where you are now? >> exactly. we are comfortable within the situation. but if we have to leash, we'll have to wait in all of these long lines. we might run out of gas on the road. they're only selling 2.5 gallons per car. we will leave if we have to. we have a plan. we are ready to go been bags are by the door. food is packed up by the door. cars are gassed up, but we don't want to leave right now. >> ryan, there's been a lot of talk about this small group of workers who have stayed behind, trying to keep the nuclear
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reactor cool to avert this nuclear catastrophe. are people there on the ground, are they talking about those men, those workers? >> they are. and, to me, those are the heroes because i don't know what level of radiation they're taking in. but they are risking their own lives to save so many other people. so that's what people are talking about when we talk to them on the street. we just say, hello, how are you doing in how are you feeling? everything okay? anything we can get for you? and then the conversation leads to them to workers still staying there working. so we're very happy for that. >> ryan, we're so glad that you're safe and you're being well taken care of. i want to go to our i-report, dan. >> you almost got it. >> sorry about that. i know you're an english teacher. we appreciate you taking time here. you were plan on getting out of the country. where are you located now? >> right now i'm in a hotel in
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niigata. we had been staying in an evacuation center for five days since the quake happened. not too long ago we decided it was time to go. so we -- my group of co-workers and my wife, we all decided -- we didn't make a plan. we things inside the evacuation center had gotten tense for us. >> why. >> we were spending a lot of time in the same room and spending a lot of time getting little bits and pieces from the japanese news. my japanese is okay but you pick up words like explosion, here and there, and it gets to you after a while especially when you don't exactly know what's going on. we had heard that you're supposed to use a wet towel if there's radiation. for me, my point when i knew we
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had to get going was when they handed out these masks and these moist towelettes they said to put inside the masks to keep you safe. when that happened it was my -- for me, anyway, we need to think of a way to get out of here. so we spend a night with our friend friends and then came to niigata. >> sounds like you were concerns because you weren't getting information and perhaps afraid exposinged to radiation. that is what you were feeling. >> there was that. and there united states the earthquakes kept happening. there were still many aftershocks and a lot of people in the shelters had this function on their cell phones where this little beep would go off any time, shortly before an earthquake was to happen. so those kept going off.
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the tension was really high and a lot of it was just sort of internal paranoia because we -- again we only had so much information. but it did get to you. it did get to us. >> dan, if you -- hopefully you will get out. if you have to remain there for quite some time, what is the thing that you need to know the most? you say you're not getting information. what would make you feel less anxious about where you are? >> i'm sorry, we weren't getting information. we have just -- things -- we would get rumors would come around and there would be speculation and phone calls from family back home and they would be saying one thing and we wouldn't know exactly what it was. and then there was a chain e-mail that went around that said there was going to be black rain that was going to come. all of these different things sort of in an accumulative way
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really sort of just ratcheted up the tension inside that place. but even though we had this sort of tension going on, we -- it's easy to lose perspective. if n. that evacuation center we had food and water and heat, and that's a lot more than a lot of other people have throughout tohoku. you love perspective in that chamber. >> dan, thank you very much. hope you get out safely. i understand there is anxiety when you don't know, when there's a lot of different stories out there misinformation and a lack of information. hope you'll be okay. dan, appreciate your time. >> thank you very much. >> a skeleton crew frantically trying to avert a nuclear meltdown in japan. we'll hear from a cnn contributor, jim walsh, about the obstacles the heros are facing.
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>> translator: this accident at the nuclear power plan is not restricted to the prefecture and i asked the people of japan to recognize this as a national problem. >> the governor in fukushima, japan, discusses evacuation plans as the country copes with a nuclear crisis. radiation levels spiked again today at fukushima nuclear plant. officials say that white smoke or steam coming from the plant may have been caused by a breach in the containment vessel. now, that is the concrete and steel structure surrounding the radioactive material. earlier, another fire was spotted at one of the reactors.
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180 workers, that is all, that separates japan from a nuclear catastrophe. they are working under unimaginable conditions anding exposed to levels of radiation that could well prove to be fatal. i spoke with cnn contributor jim walsh from m.i.t. about what they might be facing. >> it's a small group of people. they have to wear suits. they're working in suits. so they're overheated, you know, and they don't have the touch and feel of their hands. and they're having to work at night when there's no electricity. they have to use flashlights. and they're trying to battle fires. one time they have to be firefighters battling a fire, reactor number four, and then they are to go over to reactor number three or two or one and pump sea water into it to keep the reactor cool and all of the other things that have to be done, taking measurements at the plant, trying to assess what's happening, trying to come up with plans to reduce the danger, you know, and do this hour after
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hour, day after day. the mental stress must be terrific. and the fiscal stress must be terrific. >> jim what do you think the odds are they in will succeed here? when you take a look at everything that they have been facing over last 24, 48 hours now in. >> well, you flow, i'm a hardwired optimist, suzanne, and i think that we can get through this. you know, it's hard to say that every day when you wake up and there's something else that happened. i think the goal is to limit it to where we are at now. where are we at right now? we have three damaged reactors. they're not going to get any better. so the best we can hope for is to hold the situation where it is, we keep that sea water in there, until after a couple of days, they cool down some more and can find an equick libbium and it's like putting a lid on it. at that point you entomb them, shut them down and deal with that over a number of years. >> amazing circumstances. also a rocket propelled grenade slams down right next to
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doctors, at the hospital. they told us at least three of them, they are lockeden side the hospital, that they are trying to get out. they want to help injured but there are security forces surrounding the hospital, the entrance, not allowing injured people in, not allowing doctors out. the government has denied that. they put out statements saying those allegations are baseless. they're saying the media is spreading lies. witnesses telling us something quite different. we're also getting pictures that purport to be from inside the hospital and we're hearing that more medics have been beaten up. >> bahrain has a majority shiite population and they've been demonstrating to demand more equality, better job opportunities from the country's sunni rulers. check this out. this i-report. that is a rocket propelled grenade landing next to rebel forces in libya. our i-reporter says rebels were
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preparing anti-aircraft guns when gadhafi's forces fires the rpg. it is now 30 days since the start of the unrest in libya. moammar gadhafi is unrelenting in his bombardment of rebel-held areas. arwa damon. as wone of the opposition leade put it gadhafi is bombing his way into another city. what are you seeing? do the rebels think they have a chance of stopping him? >> reporter: he most certainly is bombing his way to benghazi and who knows how much further he'll go, leaving behind him a bloody trail. we were trying to get down to the city of ajdabiya hammered today. air strikes, artillery rounds we were stopped outside the city at a checkpoint by opposition fighters who said the fighting was too intense. eyewitness accounts from inside spoke of massive civilian casualties. one man said an entire family
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had been killed in the bombing campaign. libyans, opposition at this point, pleading with the international community to take some sort of action. we were down at the courthouse here in benghazi just a shore while ago, walking along side a few thousand women who were chanting and carrying a sign that said "how many libyans must die to get the security council to move on?" the opposition here feeling that they have taken this fight for democracy for their freedom, they say, just about as far as they can. if they do not get international help, they say that the blood of those who die will be as much on the hands of global leaders as it will be on gadhafi himself. people at this point feeling betrayed and feeling abandoned. suzanne? >> arwa, thank you very much. we'll keep a close eye on that dangerous situation on the ground. >> we are -- you are telling us what is on your mind in our talk back question. are we asking too much of u.s. troops in japan? bruce says we are asking too
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your chance to talk back. thousands of u.s. troops involved in relief efforts in japan. a half dozen navy ships are on the japanese coast right now and they could all be at risk of exposure to radiation from the damaged nuclear plant. carol costello joining us with the talk back. you and i were talking about this in the break, a lot of military weighed into this question. >> a lot of service members responded and a lot of family members of service members and they had a very different perspective than most people. it's very interesting. talk back question today, are we asking too much of the u.s. military in japan? this from christine. my husband is a marine and i feel humanitarian relief missions are necessary. i think the devastation in japan outweighs the risks our troops may/will encounter with exposure to radiation. christoph christopher, as a married soldier in the united states army i'm glad to say i would deploy to japan in a heartbeat
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to help over there. part of being a united states soldier is doing what your government asks of you. maria, i have my daughter and grandkids stationed at iwakuni. is unsafe. i know my daughter is prepared, as a marine, to deal with situations but this is something they have not had to deal with before. and this from kim, my son is a u.s. marine, stations in japan. no one had to ask them, they're marines. they volunteered to help and are awaiting orders. thanks to all of you for your responses. talking about marines, my dad was one and would be over there in a heartbeat. they're hard core. they're proud of their countrier. they serve in any way they are asked. >> very brave. >> thanks for your responses. continue the conversation. facebook.com/carolcnn. thousands of in northern japan lost their lives to the tsunami but there were survivors and one american photographer was among the lucky ones. >> reporter: so all of these
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new video for you now from the moment when the tsunami hit. this comes from japan's nhk, it shows a town in northeastern japan virtually being swallowed up by the water, houses pulled out of the ground and churning in the waves as people try to run away.
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dev nation some of these towns was so complete, few people lived to tell about it but one american did and he documented what he saw. he told his harrowing story. >> reporter: it took him three days to get out. >> looks like a bomb has gone off around here. >> reporter: when brian barnes landed in los angeles. >> welcome home. >> reporter: the florida native showed us what he went through. how did this town fare? >> nothing left. >> reporter: all of these people who are walking around? >> are probably dead. >> reporter: barnes and a team of environmental activists were at the harbor monitoring a porpoifo porpoise hunt when the 9.0 earthquake hit. it was a split second decision to drive through the town, past stunned residents up a hill 50 feet above the harbor. >> a hill outside town we'll try to get to. >> reporter: he grabbed his camera and seven minutes after the ground shook, the first surge of watt.
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>> here it comes! >> reporter: then, minutes later, a wall of water slams through the town. taking everything in its path. >> 1:00 in the afternoon and we spent the whole day trying to get out of the tsunami area. we took shelter up on a hill and everything between that hill and several miles to anything that even resembles civilization at this point was completely destroyed. >> reporter: after the tsunami, barnes saw maybe a dozen survivors as he walked through town. >> several dead bodies behind us that a couple of villageser covered up. >> reporter: barnes took pictures of the dead who are recognizable in the hopes that one day the missing might be identified. and he's still hawned by the screams of a woman floating on a piece of wood in the sea of debris, a victim he couldn't save.